India Women booked their place within the Women’s Asia Cup T20 2022 ultimate after hammering Thailand Women by 74 runs within the first semi-final on the Sylhet Worldwide Cricket Stadium on Thursday, October 13.
Thailand Ladies received the toss and opted to bowl first. Shafali Verma top-scored for India Ladies with 42 off 28 whereas Harmanpreet Kaur (36 off 30) and Jemimah Rodrigues (27 off 26) additionally made first rate contributions. Sornnarin Tippoch’s three for twenty-four, nevertheless, restricted the Indians to 148 for six.
Deepti Sharma (3/7) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/10) then got here up with wonderful bowling performances to limit Thailand Ladies to 74 for 9 in 20 overs.
Sharma struck within the third over, having Nannapat Koncharoenkai (5) caught because the batter tried a sweep. Shafali, who had dropped Natthakan Chantham earlier within the over, didn’t make any mistake this time. Sharma additionally dismissed Chantham (4) in her subsequent over as Thailand Ladies bought off to a nervous begin within the chase.
Subsequent, the off-spinner had Tippoch (5) caught behind with a well-flighted supply. She completed with distinctive figures of three/7 from her 4 overs. Renuka Singh carried on the nice work for India Ladies, sending Chanida Sutthiruang (one) on her means with a superb yorker. Sneh Rana ended Nattaya Boochatham’s resistance on 21, trapping her lbw with a tossed-up supply.
Shafali joined the enjoyable by having Rosenan Kanoh (5) stumped as Thailand’s chase fully derailed. Skilled left-arm spinner Gayakwad claimed the scalps of Naruemol Chaiwai (21) and Phannita Maya (0) off consecutive deliveries within the penultimate over.
Sharma then effected a direct run-out of Onnicha Kamchomphu (two) within the final over to additional assert India Ladies’s dominance within the semi-final.
Shafali Verma rises to the problem for India Ladies
Earlier, aggressive opener Shafali ensured that India Ladies put up a aggressive rating on the board. She smashed 5 fours and a six in her 28-ball knock. The Indian openers added 38 earlier than Smriti Mandhana (13) hit a low full-toss from Phannita Maya straight to mid-on.
Shafali’s innings ended within the tenth over when she miscued a flighted supply from Tippoch to quick midwicket. Rodrigues performed a affected person knock earlier than being caught at long-on off Thipatcha Putthawong’s bowling.
Skipper Harmanpreet then struck some essential boundaries to make sure India Ladies completed with a difficult rating. Sharma and Gayakwad then did the needful with the ball.